Thug who attacked woman’s car with axe asks to be sent to jail

Kevin Dunn, pictured leaving court after a previous case, was jailed by magistrates ' at his own request.
Kevin Dunn, pictured leaving court after a previous case, was jailed by magistrates ' at his own request.

A smirking thug who launched a frenzied axe attack on a woman’s car – while she and her boyfriend were inside – has been locked up for eight weeks.

Kevin Dunn struck the bonnet of the victim’s Renault Clio four times while she and her partner tried to escape the scene of a disturbance outside a South Tyneside pub.

Ian Haq, defending

He is not willing to comply with a community order

The 26-year-old asked to be jailed after admitting causing criminal damage and smiled as he told magistrates: “I will see you in four weeks.”

The court heard that the woman had gone to pick up her boyfriend from the Red Duster pub, in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, at about 11.30pm on June 30, when she saw him being kicked and punched by a group of men outside the pub.

She shouted at him to get in the car, but Dunn then approached the vehicle holding an axe.

John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “He hit the bonnet of the car four times with an axe. There were two large dents in the car, with the cost of the damage estimated at £250.”

Ian Haq, defending, said: “He is not willing to comply with a community order and would ask you to sentence him to a period of imprisonment.”

Michael Conroy, chairman of the magistrates, said: “Because of your refusal to comply with any community order you are likely to get, we will impose a prison sentence.”

Dunn, of no fixed abode, was given a four-week term for the criminal damage and another four weeks for an absconding charge after failing to attend his initial court hearing on Tuesday.

He must also pay £250 compensation and a criminal courts charge of £150.